I am a high school English teacher with experience teaching grades 9-12, including ELD, reading intervention, co-op special education, and AP Language and Composition classes. I am constantly seeking ways to improve my practice so that all levels of students receive the best possible education. In addition to teaching, I work at a summer camp for gifted and talented students and teach weekend study sessions for AP Language and Composition students.
I believe in innovation, creativity, and passion; as educators, much of what we do depends on what we prioritize in our classrooms. I try to balance Constructivist approaches with college preparation, philosophy, and social justice so that students are prepared for testing, college, and career while considering the moral and social implications of all that they do.
Summer Camp Keynote Speaker, 2012 and 2013 Technology Grant Recipient: class laptops and Promethean board National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2006-present University of Northern Colorado College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award of Excellence, 2008 University of Northern Colorado Honors Program Award of Excellence, 2008
I graduated from University of Northern Colorado in 2009 and began teaching in an urban school district in the Denver area after working as a substitute. I have completed graduate work in teaching English Language Learners and working with gifted, talented, and creative learners. I will graduate in May 2017 with my MA in GT Education. (Almost there!)
When I'm not in the classroom, I love spending time with my husband (also an English teacher), toddler, infant, and dog. We hike, camp, fish, ski, and generally soak in the great outdoors.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Social Studies - History, Physical Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Valentine's Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Close Reading, Classroom Community